Will aircraft and maritime commence at the same time?
Actually, no. The aircraft requirement for APIS will commence first and maritime will follow at a later date.
How do I provide my Advance Passenger Information (API)?
The process for commercial aircraft remain the same (sending UN/EDIFACT files through standard channels such as ARINC or SITA) however, private aircraft must visit the eAPIS portal, create an account and submit electronically.
What do the authorities do with the information they collect?
IMPACS will use the APIS data to conduct screening of crew members and passengers on aircraft and vessels that enter into, depart from and travel within the region. IMPACS will screen against Watch Lists in order to provide information to assist participating countries in identifying potential threats/risks to security and/or public safety. IMPACS may also share the information with any national, regional or international intelligence, law enforcement or security agencies approved by the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement in CARICOM (CONSLE) with the purpose of furthering national, regional or international security.
Can I provide my information to JRCC before the law commences?
Is APIS new?
Not really. Commercial flights already provide API data arriving or departing from the Cayman Islands. What is new is that this information is now needed in advance and required for all aircraft and maritime vessels, private and commercial.
So what is new?
• Continuation of API transmission requirements for commercial aircraft, and extension of the requirement to include private aircraft.
• Continuation of API transmission responsibilities for captains of commercial aircraft, and extension of the responsibilities to include the owner or pilot designated by the owner as being in command of a private aircraft, and local agents.
• Transmission of API to JRCC (standard commercial methods as well as eAPIS).
• API header requirements as set out in schedule 1 of the law.
• API transmission timeframes requirements as set out in schedule 2 of the law
• Penalties for non-compliance.
If I already submit API, what changes should I expect?
Commercial aircraft would continue to submit passenger/crew manifests in UN/EDIFACT format. However, there will need to be some configuration changes on their systems to accommodate this as well as changes to the Teletype address which will now need to point to JRCC. All other aircraft will need to submit their details via JRCC’s eAPIS portal.
Is there an additional cost for submitting API to JRCC?
No, there is no additional cost to report using JRCC.
Will other declarations still need to be provided?
Other requirements for entry and landing into the Cayman Islands remain in effect.